With aims of preserving the historical, artistic and cultural heritage of those countries in which it operates, Odebrecht has established partnerships with publishers, universities, class entities and government agencies. Such work makes it possible to promote important projects in the area. Developed by scholars, the works address a range of different topics, but share the common trait of proposing a reflection about the past, present and future of different social segments.
The product of a dissertation defended by Jailton Lima Brito in completion of his master’s degree in History at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBa), A Abolição na Bahia 1870-1888 was published in 2003. Using primary and bibliographic research, the author analyzes the abolitionist ideas and practices and the changes in the social relations resulting from the end of slavery.
Brito recognizes the importance of the slaves’ participation, opposing the thesis that abolition would not have had a bigger impact in Bahia due to the decadence of the sugarcane culture.
Published in two languages (Portuguese/English) in 2003 and organized by Dílson Midiej, Acervo ACBEU de Artes Plásticas presents the works gathered by the Brazil-United States Cultural Association and its authors. Texts by Matilde Matos, Eduardo Evangelista and Juarez Paraíso introduce the book.
Organized by professor Caiuby Alves da Costa, Frutos da Seara da Escola Politécnica is possibly the main historical record on the activities of the SEARA institution, founded in 1898. The school is currently integrated with the Federal University of Bahia. Published in 2005, the book includes a list of all alumni, from 1901 to 2003, as well as the directors, in addition to information considered crucial to evaluating and understanding the entire extent of its role.
Fernando Sant’Anna entered the 20th century maintaining a delicate balance between the radical nature of the ideas of a convicted communist and the flexibility of a man open to dialogue. Born in Irará in the backlands of Bahia in 1916, he is the main character of Adorável Comunista. Published in 2002 by Versal Editores, Antonio Risério develops a narrative that, without losing focus on the main character, describes the history of the Brazilian left-wing movement in the 20th century.
In the seven stories that make up Canto de Alvorada, Aleilton Fonseca, also poet and university professor, transcends regionalism to reveal the lyricism of common stories. Published in 2001, the book was applauded by critics from the country and abroad as an important revelation in contemporary Brazilian literature. It also earned the Bahia Academy of Arts and Letters Herberto Sales Award.